Clark Lake Owls

Clark Lake Owls

Diane and John Deming have been watching barred owl family near their Clark Lake home.  The story, told by Diane Deming, starts on a sad note– Unfortunately the baby owl was electrocuted on our neighbor’s power line on June 7th. This is the second time...
Getting Goosed at Clark Lake

Getting Goosed at Clark Lake

Have you  noticed the three-family geese flock floating around the lake? We sure did one morning. They were all sleeping on our front yard. What a mess they left!!  Unfortunately my dog thinks this is a real treat, so we make sure to clean the area before she runs in...
Winged Performance for the DamCam

Winged Performance for the DamCam

As it turns out, the bird that performed for the DamCam on Friday was not a Sandhill crane, as first noted.  John Deming corrects the record– “it is a Great Blue Heron, similar in shape, but different in color.” The heron hopped up on the CarpGard...
Sand Hill Crane Performs for the DamCam

Sand Hill Crane Performs for the DamCam

Friday afternoon a Sand Hill Crane decided to explore the dam at Ocean Beach.  It hopped up on the CarpGard, then on to the reinforced cement abutment to the dam.
Clark Lake Turtles Are Still with Us

Clark Lake Turtles Are Still with Us

Through the years, kids have captured–and released–turtles at Clark Lake.  Sometimes, kids would mark the turtle with nail polish so they could see if they had captured a particular turtle before.  The good news is that turtles are still loving Clark Lake....
Fawn Takes a Swim

Fawn Takes a Swim

It’s not unusual to see deer around Clark Lake.  But on Friday, a sighting took a different turn.  This fawn, separated from its mother, decided to take a swim and get a drink from the lake.  After surveying curious bystanders, the fawn, shivering, bolted from...
Cormorants–a New Threat to Clark Lake?

Cormorants–a New Threat to Clark Lake?

Not sure of the reason but our lake has attracted a group of cormorants. They are very effective at catching and eating small fish, fish that are about 6 inches long–perch and the recently planted walleye from last fall. Very expensive food for these birds!...
Spring Migration

Spring Migration

Late April and May are prime times for the spring migration of birds in southern Michigan. When it is warm enough for tiny bugs to appear, one can see many birds not normally seen as they migrate further north for breeding. Warblers are small birds that search for...
Baltimore Orioles Love Grape Jelly

Baltimore Orioles Love Grape Jelly

The first male hummingbird, the first orioles, and the first house wren all arrived at our place on the same day this year, April 30th. This photo shows an immature male Baltimore oriole eating grape jelly. We have taken flexible copper tubing and shaped it into a...
Wings of Spring

Wings of Spring

Some unique waterfowl at Clark Lake these past weeks just after the thaw: We have Common Mergansers, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye and a Trumpeter Swan! The Buffleheads are doing their mating rituals. One minute they are all getting along diving for...

Death to the Ash Borer

Is it possible that the Polar Vortex provides a benefit?  Many of Michigan’s Ash trees, Clark Lake included, have fallen to the ash borer.  One of Minnesota’s premier forestry experts thinks that the cold weather in his state may slow down the...

Ducks at Clark Lake this Winter

The harsh winter’s brutally low temperatures has caused areas of the lake to freeze over that in previous winters stayed open.  Having some open space in which to operate, some ducks had become year around residents. So have they managed to survive Clark...